Prep Golf: Crabtree, Huntzberry make cut for final round at states

October 23, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Williamsport senior Ryan Crabtree and Smithsburg senior Kyle Huntzberry punched tickets to the final round of the Maryland state golf championship, scheduled for this morning at the University of Maryland.

On Tuesday in the 2A/1A competition, Crabtree posted a 6-over-par 77 to qualify, while Huntzberry shot an 81, making the cut by three shots.

“I like (Ryan’s) chances of finishing in the top 10,” said Williamsport coach Rod Steiner. “He can still go out and attack the course today.”

Missing the cut were Williamsport senior Cody Trunkle (90) and Boonsboro’s Sydney Alexander, who shot a 97 in the girls division to miss that cut by one stroke.

Crabtree’s start and finish to Tuesday’s first round offset the middle part of his round.

Starting on the second hole in the shotgun format, Crabtree was 4 over after his first four holes and played his last three holes 4 over. He made birdies on 9, 15 and 16.

“I’m happy that I was only 3 over with three to play after my start,” Crabtree said. “I hit my tee shots OK, but I chunked some chips with bad lies.”

“I just need to get off to a better start (today) and just try to go low,” Crabtree added. He said his goal is to finish in the top 10 in his first-ever state tournament appearance.

Like Crabtree, Huntzberry will play his final round of prep golf today, hoping to solve putting woes that sent his score upward — three shots higher than his opening 78 in 2011.

Huntzberry spent plenty of time on the greens, three-putting five holes.

“I just couldn’t get the speed down, leaving putts short, Huntzberry said. “The greens were a little inconsistent but I just need to get the putts on line.

Huntzberry hit 12 greens in regulation, but a late triple bogey and double bogey hit his scorecard hard.

“But I’m ready to come out for my final round,” Huntzberry said.

Steiner said Trunkle, who made his first state appearance, shot 9 over on his final five holes.

“(Cody) has had a good season and I’m happy for him,” said Steiner.

Matt Oshrine, of Pikesville, shot a torrid 5-under-par 66 for the 2A/1A lead, two strokes better than Bennett Burch, of Marriotts Ridge.

Also today, North Hagerstown’s Aaron Staley and Drew Miguel will compete in the 4A/3A class after making the cut on Monday. Staley also will be playing his final round of high school golf.

— Tim Koelble

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